USDA economist says EPA assessment of seed treatments burdens farmers unnecessarily

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Acting Chief Economist Robert Johansson said in a letter last month to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Division Director of Pesticide Re-evaluation Richard Keigwin that the USDA disagrees with the agency’s assessment, titled "Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production.” Read More »

Ag experts: Neonicotinoid ban would hurt farmers, consumers, science

Agriculture experts warned on Thursday that potential regulatory efforts to save bees could have serious consequences on farmers. The discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., comes as the Obama administration advances bee-friendly recommendations and as the Environmental Protection Agency considers whether to approve neonicotinoid pesticides for any uses. Read More »